Firefighting

SCANNING THE DECADES FOR TIMELY TOPICS

Issue 12 and Volume 150.

SCANNING THE DECADES FOR TIMELY TOPICS This segment concludes our Retrospective. Featured are two of the significant events of the 1980s as well as a “revisit” to previous decades. “CHIEF TELLS OF FIGHTING MGM FIRE” Chief Roy Parrish of Clark County, Nevada, described as “unreal” and like a “science fiction movie” the MGM Grand Hotel fire that occurred in Las Vegas on November 21, 1980. The fire claimed 84 lives: “18 died on the first floor, six others died in elevators, and one woman fell to her death while sliding down a rope U.” Six hundred seventy-nine victims were evaluated in hospitals and the city`s convention center; 382 were hospitalized. The hotel was 26 stories high and had 2,076 guest rooms and a 140-yard-long casino. Following are some of Parrish`s observations concerning the disaster. “The initial phone call on the fire was received by the Clark County Fire Department at…

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